After the iPhone poker that was really a bluff, here comes another application that wants to date the iPhone.
This time, instead of being vague about it, the developer goes on the record and says that "this will be an application running on the iPhone in summer. It's currently in development and will soon be in beta testing. It will not be a Widget."
Like, whatever. To me, this is all just a wonky try to get free media attention (and obviously, it's working). Plenty of reasons after the jump.
Let's examine the information we currently have.
First, the guy says this will be running on the iPhone in the summer and it won't be a widget. This implies four possibilities:
a) Somehow, the guy got himself into Infinite Loop, stole the full iPhone Cocoa classes and this will be a "full iPhone API"-based application (whatever that may be).
b) He is trying to weasel his way into selling us a Web-based app as an iPhone app (in that case, there's no point to this discussion).
c) He is developing a Cocoa app with the iPhone in mind, all in the hope that Apple will release an iPhone SDK at their June WWDC'07 plus a plan to allow developers to get their apps certified. Then, he hopes to quickly adapt it for release before the summer ends. A lot of wishful thinking.
d) This is the biggest amount of bullshit since that rumor about Phil Schiller replacing Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 4 (we could only wish).
Maybe we can ignore the fact that there is no public iPhone SDK right now and that—looking at how things have been moving so far—not even Apple's closest partners would have access to it.
We can even forget about the fact that the current iPhones are still pre-production units and whenever they go out of Apple HQs—and trust me, they go—they are always guarded by a member of the iPhone team or His Steveness himself. The question here will be where is he testing his app? In a paper model?
But anyway, let's believe he has one. We can go on and also scrap the fact that Apple would probably never waste their efforts in a cheesy, tacky dating app where there are plenty of social network sites out there (which are already working on the web to boot).
However, what we can't ignore is the fact that, if that all was true, Apple would have never ever let this guy talk about it openly without getting him kidnapped by Steve's Imperial Cyborg Ninja Guard to be thrown away in the middle of the Pacific with new cement shoes.
I may be mistaken, but I will circle option D.
According to Miguel down in the comments, the option is B. Miguel, the article still stands no matter the amount of "thinking different" you apply to it, though.
As I posted, MacWorld wrote that Miguel said: "this will be an application running on the iPhone in summer. It's currently in development and will soon be in beta testing. It will not be a Widget."
I didn't see any mention to the iPhone web browser there, I see "application running on the iPhone", which I think is quite misleading. The "it won't be a widget" just finishes leaning the balance to a true iPhone app rather than anything else (iPhone applications are not widgets).
If Miguel wants, we can split semantic hairs but in my book, application running in the iPhone means software for the iPhone. while application running in the iPhone's BROWSER or ANY other browser means what Miguel is saying now.
As for "thinking outside the box" and other similar topics, Miguel's Web 2.0 app is NO different from any other app that is running on any web browser except for the layout, which looks like it has been designed for the iPhone form factor just like other web apps/pages have been designed for the Wii browser or the PSP browser.
Like those web apps, Miguel's Web 2.0 application would not be able to take advantage of any of the features that make the iPhone what it is. Features that will be present in all all real iPhone applications. iPhoneFlirt won't have privileges to access any of the iPhone databases and it won't interact with any of the built-in applications, services and the hardware itself. Just like a web app for the Wii browser can't interact with the Miis, for example.
So, in a nutshell, Miguel's so-called "iPhone application" can run in any browser because it doesn't need the iPhone neither does it take advantage of the iPhone. I would even say that the name iPhoneFlirt could look misleading because of this reason.
In other words, I think your statement was full of hot air.
Apple iPhone plays the dating game [MacWorld]